The message of the Gospel is the key to lasting peace in the Middle East.

By September 16, 2003

Middle East (MNN) — God’s word may be the only thing that can help peace in the Middle East. That’s the word from the World Bible Translation Center based in Texas. As suicide bombings continue, and peace seems but a dream, the World Bible Translation Center believes it can have an impact. “it’s needed now more than ever,” says Roger Massey with the World Bible Translation Center. He says, “Peace isn’t something that’s around the corner. The situation there is something that we just have to work in. When Israel is on the news, it’s always connected to violence. We just believe the need is now, more than ever, to get this message out. We believe it’s going to take a while, but it’s not going to get out if we don’t get after it.”

WBTC is raising $375,000 to print Scripture in an easy-to-read format, about a fourth or fifth grade reading level. He says it doesn’t cost much to print, “It costs $1.50 to print and distribute a New Testament there.” He says, “We want to place about 250,000 in the next three years.”

A single church has committed $100,000, so they still lack $275,000.

Massey is asking people to pray for a number of things. “…that God will open hearts of His people to give, so that these New Testaments can be printed and distributed all through the Middle East, for protection, and that God’s word will begin to transform hearts.”

Massey says they already have nationals on the ground to help distribute Scripture into the most rural areas.

If you would like to get involved in this project with the World Bible Translation Center. Go to their web site at for more information.

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